Longmont Shabbat Group Consecrates First Jewish Cemetery in Longmont

By Susan from the Longmont Shabbat Group

On October 24, 2021, we held the Rabbinic Consecration Ceremony for the new Jewish section of Foothills Gardens of Memory cemetery.  About 30 people attended, including members of the Longmont Shabbat Group, Congregation B’nai Torah in Westminster, Congregation Har Shalom in Ft. Collins, the Boulder Chevra Kadisha, and the owners of Foothills Gardens.  Rabbi Boaz Heilman of Congregation B’nai Torah and his wife, Rabbi Sally Finestone of Congregation Har Shalom, led the ceremony.  Cantorial Soloist Diane Firestone of Congregation B’nai Torah led the music.

King David Memorial Garden (Gan Zikaron Hamelech David) is now considered sacred holy ground and the cemetery is ready for those who are interested in advance purchases.  Below is the information about the section (including prices).  This section is for natural “green” burials, so there is no expense for grave liners or vaults.

I appreciate everyone’s interest, help, and patience as we worked on this project.  I learned a lot about a subject that is very important but rarely discussed in advance.  The project took a lot longer than I had anticipated, but now that it is completed we have the first-ever Jewish cemetery in Longmont.

The cemetery is Foothills Gardens of Memory, 14241 N 107th St, Longmont, CO 80504.  It is on Highway 287, about 2 miles north of Highway 66.  It is on the west side of Highway 287.  The King David Memorial Garden is on the farthest west side of the cemetery, just past the manicured part of the cemetery.  Look for the small road off of the main circular drive and go west to the small parking lot.  Walk to the entrance sign, which is made of natural Colorado stone and which the Longmont Shabbat Group donated.

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